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Rev Prat. 2013 Oct;63(8):1122-5.

[Environment and cancer risk].

[Article in French]

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The Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, USA. paolo.boffetta@mssm.edu

Abstract

Several environmental factors, defined as pollutants present in air, water or other media, have been shown to be carcinogenic, including residential exposure to asbestos and radon, second-hand tobacco smoke, diesel engine emissions, and arsenic contamination of drinking water. Other factors, such as outdoor air pollution and water chlorination byproducts, are suspected carcinogens. In the case of pesticides and electromagnetic fields, including the use of cell phones, the available evidence does not suggest an increased risk of cancer. Overall, environmental causes of cancer are responsible for a limited proportion of the total burden of cancer in France and other high-income countries. Because of the involuntary nature of the exposure and the possibility to implement preventive measures, research into environmental cancer remains an important priority.

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